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Why is the VIX so high?

No, our crack proofreading team didn’t muff the headline.  After several weeks of seemingly unanimous commentary about how investor complacency has resulted in VIX® levels that are “too low,” we want to ask the contrarian question.  Rather than being too low, why is the VIX so high? The question is germane because there has been […]

PUT Index Rose 1510% (with Lower Volatility) Over 28 Years — By Matt Moran

A 2013 paper by BlackRock on “VIX Your Portfolio – Selling Volatility to Improve Performance” noted that – “A strategy that systematically sells volatility on a diversified equity index should capture a positive risk premium over long horizons because it is similar to selling insurance.” One of the strategies highlighted by the paper was the […]

CBOE SKEW Index Rose to 143.26, Its Highest Level Since 1998 – By Matt Moran

The median of the daily closing values of the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) so far this year has been 13.7, which is below the long-term median value of 18.3 for the VIX since 1990. The fact that the VIX lately has been below its long-term median has led some people to ask whether there now […]

VIX Futures Now Round-the-Clock, as ETH Volume Tops 1.68 Million Y-T-D — By Matt Moran

Futures on the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) now are available nearly 24 hours a day, five days a week (see below for more details). Trading volume for VIX futures during Extended Trading Hours (ETH) has topped 1.68 million contracts so far in 2014. The charts below show key daily values in 2014 that you could […]

SPX Historic Volatility Falls To 6.89, Its Lowest Level Since Jan. 2011 – By Matt Moran

JUNE 23, 2014 – Today the 30-day historic volatility of the S&P 500® (SPX) Index fell to 6.89, its lowest level since January 2011, according to Bloomberg calculations. Chris Dietrierich of the Wall Street Journal wrote – “… The Dow Jones Industrial Average has gone 32 months without a 10% decline, the fifth-longest run on […]

Is the VIX “Low”? SPX Historic Volatility Plunges to 7.88 – By Matt Moran

FRIDAY, MAY 30, 2014 – Lately I have heard inquiries from some stock investors as to whether the CBOE Volatility Index® (VIX®) recently has been at “low” levels; today it closed at 11.40. VIX is a reflection of the market’s expectations regarding future stock market volatility. To gain insights as to what expected volatility could […]

Where VIX Comes From

At work, I am sometimes asked this simple but challenging question: “Where does VIX come from?”  There is a reason I am asked this – I am our company’s product manager for volatility indices.  But I admit that I have struggled to come up with an approachable way to explain the methodology of the CBOE […]

Volquakes

Volatility can feel like an earthquake. As many investors can painfully testify, the chart below is typical of volatility.  A period of relative calm is disturbed first by a few small tremors, then by a precipitous rise.  At this point, risk breaks all connections with its normal level and climbs rapidly to a crystalized zenith […]

Sharpe Innovation Awards to ETF and Index That Use VIX Futures – By Matt Moran

On December 9, 2013, the annual William F. Sharpe Indexing Achievement Awards were presented at the Eighteenth Annual IMN Global Indexing and ETFs Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Here are the first two awards that were presented – (1)   Indexing Innovation of the Year — S&P 500 Dynamic VEQTOR Index, which dynamically allocates long-only exposure between […]

Turn VIX into information you can use

Most people think of VIX as simply an index. This makes sense — the “I” in VIX stands for that very word. But VIX is more useful than your average index. It could easily be grouped with economic indicators, like the unemployment percentage or new home sales. Why? Because the VIX level — not just […]

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